Since the introduction of the Safety Signs and Signals Regulations in 1996, there has been a downward trend in the number of fatal work-related injuries. In 1996 there were 0.9 fatal injuries per every 100,000 workers, in 2017 the figure is 0.4 (www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/fatals.htm). The development in modern signage has helped save lives and reduce injuries in and around the work place, says Stocksigns.
Stocksigns, with over 60 years of experience, has worked with businesses to provide the latest and safest signage solutions. One of these solutions is photoluminescent signage.
Photoluminescence occurs when a material absorbs photons (light energy) and emits them when the light source is removed. This is commonly seen in ‘glow-in-the-dark’ objects such as childrens’ toys. When this is applied to safety signs it helps provide guidance in darkened conditions.
Danny Adamson, Managing Director at Stocksigns Group said: “Photoluminescent signs do not require electrical illumination. In the event of emergency situations, such as power cuts, structural shock and falling debris, they are more reliable than electrical signs and help guide people to safety. We have also created floor signs and tapes to aid wayfinding during these emergency evacuations.
“Signs such as these have a lifespan of up to 25 years when used indoors, as they are maintenance free there is no need for costly regular testing regimes associated with ensuring the correct functionality of electrical signs.
“The eco-friendly signs help reduce the carbon footprint of businesses and corporations. Enterprises will have different requirements for their signage and some may choose to use electrical signage. However, having fire exit and hazard signs lit 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, they will contribute to the fuel costs of a company. A photoluminescent sign only needs a good source of light to work.”
Often recognised as best practice in the UK, photoluminescent sign systems have also been adopted throughout the EU and USA. Stocksigns Group’s expert survey and installation team provides guidance to businesses with advice surrounding sign placement, legal requirements and best sign practice.